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Review: Dragon Storm (Black Dragons #2) by Katie MacAlister (PNR)


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TURN ON THE CHARM

According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he's now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep—until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon's dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman...

TURN UP THE HEAT

Bee isn't sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he's grown to love with fierce intensity.



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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Constantine of Norka has been living at Baltic’s castle. Ysolde invited him to stay after his spirit was brought back. Lately though he has been feeling unwanted. His once mate Ysolde is now with Baltic. He decides he needs a break. So when Ysolde volunteers him to go to Abaddon for a talisman, he doesn’t fight it too much.

Once he is in Abaddon he is shocked to find a Charmer named Bee locked in the dungeon. She can see him in spirit form which surprises him. He leaves her there for her own good. He also encounters a head that used to be a knocker who seems happy to chat. The head also likes finding things and wants to help Constantine find the talisman.

Constantine grabs a talisman and is on his way out when he learns the demons are going to kill Bee. He can’t let that happen so he attempts to save her. Of course she makes it difficult and they end up in front of the ruling demon of Abaddon. Constantine is no longer able to enter the spirit world thanks to something the demons did. He and Bee escape way too easily so keep an eye out for demons attacking them once they are back in Spain.

Bee has been the Charmer hired to break the curse placed on the dragons. Once they make it back to Paris, Bee tries to break the curse using Constantine. Something goes wrong and it pushes back. Bee didn’t have all the information she needed, like which demon lord actually created the curse. Constantine immediately understands why it went wrong as Bael was the Demon Lord that cursed the dragons.

He and Bee are now on a mission to find Bael and a talisman that will work. Bee is surprised when Constantine tries to walk away from the job. When she learns the truth being in shock is an understatement. She refuses to let him quit and she refuses to let him do it alone. She was hired to break the curse and she is going to do it.

Constantine really likes Bee and her fire. She refuses to back down. He finds himself comparing her to Ysolde. As time goes on his feeling for Ysolde change. His guilt grows for that but Bee seems to take over his thoughts. He doesn’t have a Sept to rule over so he feels unworthy to be a mate for Bee. His inside turmoil of thoughts are a constant battle. However when the time comes to decide what he wants, he is able to make a tough choice. His life truly depends on it.

I love this author. I have read many of her books and loved her quirky characters. These stories are full of humor and over the top situations. These are intermixed with the supernatural world that she has created. The dragon septs and their wyrens have been battling each other then are cursed. They have been struggling to communicate with each other for two years.

Then throw in Constantine who is dead and an outcast for the sins that the whole dragonkin believes he did. They don’t trust him nor do they like him. So tensions are high and tempers are flaring. So there is a lot of male posturing that create a lot of female eye-rolling. It was quite comical to see the men try to control everything and then how the mates reacted and did things anyway.

Gary was also a comical part of the story. He is a shocking dismembered head that talks. He shocks those around him for just what he is and the things that he says are just as shocking. I feel for Bee when she just wants to drop kick him. The situation at hand is extremely serious but the author really adds the absurd when giving the characters their personalities. Case in point is Constantine’s obsession with sex toys. It was over the top and presented in the story as a break in the tension. The scene where the mates are having a discussion at the meeting table is absolutely hilarious. You can feel the men’s frustrations and hear their huffs and pained sighs. It was a hoot as always.

The story continues in the next book as they search for Bee’s brother. They are forming a plan to take Bael down. Can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next. I give this a 4 out of 5.







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